startup mixologyThese resources are a companion to Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. Startup Mixology explains the ingredients of winning entrepreneurship through the stories of companies like MakerBot, WordPress, Zappos, and Basecamp. You’ll also discover the harsh reality of starting up and how to stay sane and happy with moments of celebration. If you haven’t already, get the book here!




AngelList: A social network that connects entrepreneurs and investors.

Gust: A platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors and helps them manage their relationship.

Crowdfunder: A site where you can raise funding from friends and family, accredited investors, angels, and VCs.

RocketHub: An international, rewards-based crowdfunding site where, similar to Indiegogo, you get to keep any funds you raise.

AppsFunder: A site where developers can crowdfund their app development, in exchange for rewards or a revenue share.

SellanApp: A crowdfunding site where you can raise funding for your app in exchange for a revenue share.

Contactually: Relationship management software that integrates with your email.

Hockeystick: Software to provide metrics and information to investors, board members, and advisory boards.

SeederBoard: Software that stores financial reports, KPIs, and metrics. It lets you compare yourself against past performance and goals, and share that information with investors.

Sharewave: A tool to track your cap table, options, and grants; and get signatures on important documents.

VentureDocs: Customizable legal documents for startups and investors. Use them to educate yourself, and with the supervision of a lawyer.

Blogs and wikis: A private space where you can interact with investors.


MassChallenge: A three-month, Boston-based program offering mentorship and office space. The top competitors win awards of $50,000 or $100,000 based on judging.

Challenge Cup: Run by DC-based 1776, the Challenge Cup is a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. The first Challenge Cup visited 16 cities in 2013 and 2014, and concluded with a festival and finale in Washington, DC. The finalists win $100,000, and the winner gets $150,000.

Chicago Lean Startup Challenge: A 14-week program that features lean startup classes and mentorship. Finalists share $75,000 in cash and prizes.

DEMO: A conference that’s been running for over 20 years where you can launch your product, make connections, get help with marketing, and win awards.

TechCrunch Disrupt: TechCrunch hosts TechCrunch Disrupt events around the world, including in San Francisco and New York, where startups pitch on stage and have a shot at winning $50,000.

LAUNCH Festival: Startups who are launching a company, product, or feature can apply to pitch on stage at the San Francisco event. LAUNCH partners with investors, who offer seed funding to some of the winning startups.

SXSW Accelerator: Held during the annual SXSW conference, the SXSW Accelerator is a two-day event where startups do product demonstrations on stage. Winners in categories like news, social, and health get badges to next year’s SXSW and other prizes from sponsors.

Women 2.0: Applying companies must have a female in the founding team and have received less than a million in funding.


venture dealsVenture Deals: Written by two prominent VCs at the Foundry Group, this book is a fantastic primer on deal structure, how venture capital firms operate, and Silicon Valley’s ethos. It covers everything you need to know about funding and acquisitions, and the responsibilities, motivations, and common pitfalls that occur on both sides of the deal.




startup boardsStartup Boards: Getting the Most out of Your Board of Directors by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani